25Behold, an expert in the law stood up and put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26Jesus answered, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”
27The man answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;e and your neighbor as yourself.”
28Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”
29But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30Jesus answered, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes and beat him. Then they went away, leaving him half-dead. 31By chance, a certain priest was going down that way. But when the priest saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32In the same way, a Levite also came to the place, but when he saw the beaten man, he [also] passed by on the other side. 33Now, a certain Samaritan was traveling and arrived at the spot where the man was. When the Samaritan saw the wounded man,a he was moved with compassion, 34came to him, and wrapped his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He placed the man on his own animal and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35On the next day, when he was leaving, he took out two denarii and gave them to the host, saying to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will pay you back when I return.’ 36Now, which one of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
37The lawyer replied, “The one who showed mercy on him!” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
You will hear this Gospel read at The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church during Holy Week, on Great and Holy Wednesday. It is followed by an Epistle reading from Romans 15:1–7.
The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia.
About us. We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, which is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
All services are in the English language and the Service of Holy Unction is held in the Main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population.
Parking in the University car parks is free after 7:00 pm, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking, these restrictions apply and are enforced.